Creative’s Sound BlasterX AE-5 – Do you really need a £129.99 sound card?

Creative is now a well-established name when it comes to audio hardware especially related to gaming. As its latest production, the company has rolled out the Sound BlasterX AE-5, a PCIe sound card with Xamp technology and support for 32-bit/384Khz playback. This thing seems exceptionally good until you see that £129.99 price tag?

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  • Let these specs justify the price tag for you:Power: PCIe bus power, +5V for Aurora lighting (requires 4-pin molex peripheral connector from PC power supply)
  • Audio Technology: BlasterX Acoustic Engine
  • Dynamic Range (DNR): 122dB
  • Connectivity Options (Main): 1 x TOSLINK Optical Out, 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Mic In/Line In, 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Headphone/Headset Out, 1 x 1/8″ Front Out, 1 x 1/8″
  • Rear Out, 1 x 1/8″ Center/Sub Out
  • Connectivity Options (Accessory): 1 x Front Panel Header, 1 x RGB LED Header (support 5V RGB strips)
  • Supported Headphone Impedance:16 – 600 Ω
  • Audio Technologies: CrystalVoice, Scout Mode
  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10
  • Dimensions: 145 x 20 x 128 mm
  • Platform: PCIe
  • Recommended Usage: Gaming, Home Entertainment

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